2012 Terra Sancta "Estate" Pinot Noir Bannockburn Central Otago (Previously $25)
A super bright wine in the glass, this has a pristine bright red and dark cherry nose, really neatly expressed, there's an undercurrent of dark toasted spice here too. The palate delivers tangy acid freshness that drives bright cherry flavour, tannins roll in with delicious grainy texture, builds nicely to the finish. Great wine.
Wine & Spirits
Blended from the varied blocks at this Bannockburn estate, this 2012 shows a spark of mineral power that cuts through the kind of oaky scent a young grand cru Burgundy might offer. It’s peppery black, with rooty tannins that tighten around the fruit in a fist. An elemental, fresh, ripe wine from Central Otago.
Lovely perfumed aroma with cherry, plum, spice and subtle savoury nuances. There is also a suggestion of raspberry and spicy oak. Well structured wine with moderately firm tannins.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright medium red. Complex perfume of dark cherry, raspberry, earth, herbs, lavender, sandalwood and woodsmoke. Supple but juicy and tangy, with terrific spicy, peppery, herbal lift from a percentage of whole-cluster vinification. Lovely subtle sweetness and definition to the sappy raspberry and red cherry fruit flavors. Finishes with firm but fine-grained tannins and excellent energy and spicy length. This winery was only established in 2011.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Pale to medium ruby-colored, the 2012 Pinot Noir possesses notes of mulberries and red plums with underlying aromas of forest floor, black pepper and dirt. Medium-bodied and quite elegantly fruited on the palate, it has a low level of soft tannins, just enough acid and a medium to long finish. (LPB)
These grapes are handpicked from the same blocks that produce their rare single block wines. The Terra Sancta "Estate" range gives a true picture of the entire estate vineyard. A wine of many layers, it has hints of the opulence of Slapjack Block, the perfume of Jackson’s Block, and the exotic and sensual flavors of Shingle Beach. The wine’s fragrance is that of the estate itself: lavender and thyme. The flavors come direct from the soils - the luxury of dark cherries, fresh raspberries, and first picked plums. The texture is silk, the finish complex.